Transcontinental's Board of Directors Recommends the Appointment of Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

    MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - As announced in the Transcontinental Inc.
management proxy circular, the company's board of directors is recommending
the appointment to the board of Lino A. Saputo, Jr, president and chief
executive officer of Saputo Inc., the largest dairy processor in Canada and
among the top five cheese producers in the United States. The nomination of
Mr. Saputo will be voted on at the annual shareholders meeting, to be held in
Montreal on February 20. If elected, he will become one of 12 board members,
eight of whom are independent directors.
    "Following a unanimous decision by the board of directors, based upon a
recommendation from its Corporate Governance Committee, I am proud to announce
to Transcontinental shareholders the nomination of Lino as a candidate for the
board," said Rémi Marcoux, founder and executive chairman of the board of
Transcontinental. "Lino is not only respected in the Canadian business
community, his background, experience and, most importantly, shared values
will benefit Transcontinental as the company continues to grow."
    Mr. Lino A. Saputo, Jr. has been president and chief executive officer of
Saputo Inc. since March 2004. Since joining the company in 1988, he has
successively occupied positions as administrative assistant, plant manager,
vice president operations and president and chief operating officer, Cheese
Division (USA). Mr. Saputo is also involved in the Montreal community. He acts
as honourary co-chair of the 2005-2009 fundraising campaign of the Sacré-Coeur
Hospital Foundation. He has also accepted to chair events organized by the
Québec Cystic Fibrosis Association, the Fondation Armand-Frappier, the
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the Fondation scolaire de
Laval. Mr. Saputo is a graduate of Concordia University with a B.A. in
political science.

    About Transcontinental

    The largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America,
Transcontinental is also the country's leading publisher of consumer magazines
and French-language educational resources, and its second-largest community
newspaper publisher. Transcontinental distinguishes itself by creating
strategic partnerships that integrate the company into its customers' value
chain, notably through its unique newspaper printing outsourcing model and its
value-added services. From mass to highly personalized marketing, the company
offers its clients integrated solutions which include a continent-leading
direct marketing offering, a diverse digital platform and a door-to-door
advertising material distribution network. Transcontinental is a company whose
values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its
    Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B) has approximately 15,000 employees
in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of
C$2.3 billion in 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Nessa Prendergast, Director, Media
Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2809,,; Financial
Community: Jennifer F. McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations,
Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2821,

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